By Joe Ellis

1st Jan, 2023 | 2:10pm

West Ham United urged to sign Harry Maguire amid lack of Manchester United games

Tony Cascarino has urged West Ham United to sign Manchester United and England centre-half Harry Maguire in the January transfer window.

The 29-year-old enjoyed a stellar World Cup with the Three Lions despite being rarely used by Erik Ten Hag at Old Trafford but he has not yet started for the Red Devils post-Christmas.

With the Irons in need of an extra pair of legs in the centre of defence, Cascarino believes David Moyes should be in touch with his former club about the possibility of signing Maguire this month.

“If I was West Ham, if I was Newcastle, if I was Aston Villa, I’d be all over trying to get Harry Maguire out of there,” Cascarino said to talkSPORT. “I’d be asking the question whether he’s available. He’d be a brilliant addition to a football club.

“He’s the right age, the right stature, right experience. He might just need another challenge now as he’s not getting regular football.”

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With very little transfer budget available for Moyes to spend this January, he may have to try and make a loan deal work if he is to bring Maguire to West Ham for the remainder of the campaign.

He proved in the World Cup that he can be an exceptional player on his day and he is unlikely to break into the Manchester United side with World Champions Lisandro Martinez and Raphael Varane at the helm.

if he does become available on a short-term basis, the Hammers would be mad not to at least try and bring him to the capital to ease a number of injury concerns at the back with Nayef Aguerd and Kurt Zouma spending a long time in the physio’s room.

The last loan move from Old Trafford to the London Stadium worked wonders with Jesse Lingard and lightning could easily strike twice and maybe even keep Moyes in a job by bringing in a true leader to the club.